Photo walk in Jaipur | Street Photography – Faceless Frames ” Hands”

Photo walks in Jaipur? The first photo walk I ever took was when I bought a DSLR for the first time, a few years ago. I joined a photo walk organized by a leading newspaper on World Tourism Day, here in Jaipur.

I feel a photo walk is a great way to network and meet new people. As for photography, it is counterproductive in some ways when a large group distracts people i.e. subject. It’s difficult to photograph people in the natural setting. Also, the photographers start copying each other, often clicking the same subject even when there are plenty of other opportunities. On the other hand, some people feel that it provides you an opportunity to see & learn from fellow photographers. This is certainly a valid point.

After a long gap, I decided to join a photo walk in Jaipur organized earlier this month by a local photography group on a Sunday morning. The incentive to join this photo walk was to break away from the “usual mindset” rut and think afresh! Sometimes, it’s good to come out of your shell!! Also, photography on the streets of India offers a great chance to learn and adapt.

Jaipur Photo Walk in old city area/ Street Photography


This particular picture captures few professional and budding photographers of Jaipur before the photo walk began with a backdrop of heritage buildings of the Pink City.

The theme for this photo walk was “hands”. The walk was routed through the old Jaipur bazaar in the walled city area which has many heritage buildings. I have never been into clicking portraits which fall under the street photography. Jaipur is one of the best places for street photography in India. Here are 13 Faceless Frames, I composed during this short photo walk of 30 minutes capturing the street scenes in Jaipur.

Morning is usually associated with certain routines like visiting a temple, offering prayers, reading a newspaper, drinking tea…


The Invasion!

The gentleman in this picture was enjoying tea at a roadside tea Thela (cart) when a group of photographers swarmed in. He looked disturbed when a few photographers zoomed on his face with zoom lenses, taking an aim at his tea ritual. I settled for his hand though!


Taking stock of the business!

This flower vendor was catching up with the news in a newspaper. In this case, he was flipping through the obituary section. Taking stock of how his day will be?


Tea Takeaway!!

A tea vendor pours tea into a “takeaway”!


Passing the time!

The person in this picture is a watchman at an undergoing metro(tube) construction site. With nothing to do during the morning hours, he was watching the world go by.



I found this interesting tattoo sign the hands of a boy. I found him sitting along with his friends outside an old temple entrance gate. flower-seller-jaipur-market-hands-theme


This is a picture of a flower vendor. Waiting for the customers.


Fruit Vendor!

A fruit vendor loading and arranging his fruit display. A usual morning ritual before the customers arrive!


The grain seller!

These grain sellers can be spotted across the walled city area in Jaipur. They survive on people looking to earn good karma! As per Hindu belief offering feed or grains to the birds and animals improves your karma!


Preparing for the day!

The flower seller gets into the action as he sorts and trims stem for the bouquet.


All set!

The flower seller waits with the marigold garlands. Marigold garlands are bought by the devotees while offering morning prayers, especially in the commercial establishments where a fresh garland is offered to God or deity as a daily routine.



A scooter rider waiting by the roadside….for whom? ..No idea!

Finally, these two pictures are my favorite ones.



The above picture is of a poor homeless person. I felt sad-looking at his expressionless face. He was staring at “infinity”. There was so much hiding behind his face. Many stories…..


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I clicked this picture at a roadside Thela (cart). He was a four-year-old son of the fruit vendor; I composed this frame when he was leaning towards his mother for the security watching the world go by!

I will love to hear your views and suggestions. Which picture did you like of all the above?  I have written a couple of blogs on the street photography in India which focuses on Jaipur, read them all Photo Walk in Jaipur

Would you like to undertake a Photo Walk in Jaipur?



This post appears as a part of weekly photo challenge Heritage.


270 thoughts on “Photo walk in Jaipur | Street Photography – Faceless Frames ” Hands”

    1. Thank you, Divsi! I’m happy to know you liked it. Of late, I have been using smartphone camera for clicking pictures. I haven’t been using much of DSLR for quite some time. I feel compact zoom camera are better in most conditions. But when I do use DSLR I try to use their capability to the max.

      My personal favorites are last three pictures.


  1. I really liked the lovestruck and waiting pictures. This sure must have an experience in it all. The way you look at the world always take a turn when you understand how others look at it.

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    1. Love the last line of yours! I feel there’s a story in each of these pictures. I’m sure if not everyone, at least some of us can interpret them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂


  2. So happy to find someone who shares the same fascination for hands and feet as I have. While most photographers go for the intricacies of the face, the wrinkles and freckles, I feel that emotions are better conveyed with things that most people forget to keep a track of. These are great pictures. Keep it up!

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    1. Mansi, thanks for the appreciation. It’s true that most people choose to focus on face. In contrast, focussing away provides a different opportunity. With face we tend to form preconceived notions. Have you also captured faceless pictures?


    1. Sheeba, we all have our own ways of looking at things and world around us. hat is what makes us unique. When I’m out with other photography enthusiasts I find that we all have different orientations. some people will notice big and important things while others are drawn towards tiny stuff and go macro. Yet another derive inspiration from daily stuff! What do you like to click, Sheeba?


  3. Such a great collection of images! I was touched by every one of them. And I loved the idea of hands portraits. Did you ask for people’s permission when taking photo of their hands? It looks so natural and lovely, but hard to imagine that they can keep on naturally when the camera is shooting.
    My favorite one is Homeless, of course – the composition, the color scheme, all works harmonious. And the newspaper one and the one with the melon!

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    1. Sometimes you seek permission. Most other times you have to click because the moment is lost. None of these pictures are staged. People in Jaipur are used to getting clicked because there’s large inflow of tourists. Happy to hear about your favourite one’s.😃

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      1. I have never been further than Egypt and Jordan. My dream is to travel to Asia, but I have so many places on my list 🙂 I think, I should be there once so I can imagine the atmosphere. What I can think of from here, quiet Norway, is a pale picture maybe 🙂

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      2. Asia is in stark contrast to the Europe. Egypt might give you clues. Landing in India, for most Europeans is a sensory bombardment….noise, various smells, too many things happening at the same time…colors…

        I’m sure once you experience Asia especially India, Thailand, Vietnam etc you’ll discover why people don’t bother with getting clicked. Most people are friendly and warm. Your camera can actually get an interaction started! I have on many occasions clicked pictures got them printed and handed it over to them. You can’t imagine the joy on their face. They never had any opportunity to get themselves clicked. 🙂

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      3. Ooh oh 🙂 With all my love for adventure and new places, I think I might want to get prepared little by little. I have become too Norwegian, too used to order, calmness, silence, that even Europe, like Spain, works like bombardment to me 🙂 I am also highly sensitive, and get easily overwhelmed by too many things. But the dream is to be followed! So I hope to find myself on the streets of Asia one day. I am sure, there are a lot of lovable people there.

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      4. I’m sure you can find a different world in Asia. That is what most travelers like about Asia! You can read travel accounts of visiting travelers from your side of the world, it will prepare you better for things to come and expect! 🙂

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    1. Ha ha! I don’t know much about him. I glanced through his blog last year when famous travel blogger brought that name up during the conversation. I guess he is quite famous.

      Thanks Yamini. 😃


      1. No, but it’s high on my long, long list of places to visit thanks to all the great things I’ve seen on Instagram and now here with you. It just keeps getting more enticing

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